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June 17, 2013

Mary Baker Eddy house open for tours

AMESBURY — The Mary Baker Eddy Historic House at 277 Main St. has again opened its doors for tours, through Oct. 31.

Special this year will be two Thursday evening openings in June. Hours are as follows: Saturdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 29, Aug. 31 and Trails & Sails weekend on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22, and Thursday, June 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The house is also open by appointment. A suggested donation of $5 per person is recommended. Children under age 12 and Longyear members are free.

Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, is widely recognized as one of the most influential women in the field of religion. She is the first American woman to found a worldwide religion. In the Amesbury home of Sarah Bagley, Mrs. Eddy, known at the time as Mrs. Glover, found a quiet refuge. Here she did some of her earliest writing on Christian Science. She lived in the house, which dates to just before the Revolutionary War, during the summer of 1868 and again for several months in the early spring of 1870.

Longyear Museum, an independent, historical museum in Chestnut Hill, owns and maintains this house on Main Street. Its furnishings have remained substantially unchanged since the mid-1800s.

The Amesbury house is one of eight historic houses in which Mrs. Eddy lived in Massachusetts and New Hampshire that are part of the Longyear Museum collection.

To schedule a tour of the Mary Baker Eddy Historic House in Amesbury, or for more information, call 800-277-8943, ext. 100.

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